Continue creating twisted branches as many as you like, just don’t overdo it.
Create a new layer and paint some shadow to the part which the branches are on the model. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay.
Group all the branch layers into one group (Hold Shift and Left Click on the branch layer at the top then click the branch layer at the bottom of the list to select all of them, Ctrl + G to group). Apply these adjustment layers to the group.
Brightness/Contrast -> Curves
Also we want some extra shadow on those branches so create a new layer, Create Clipping Mask with the group and paint some black on the branches.
Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light, Opacity 47%
Create more shadow at the bottom of the model and the branches on the ground with Black soft brush.
We had fun with the branches, now its time to have fun with ivies. Open the Ivy stock which has been rendered nicely for you to use. Place it behind the model.
Place more and transform them as your will as well. The more the merrier! Make them follow the branches.
Add this Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the ivies. Group them into one before doing this!
Our result so far.
Bring more ivies to the front of the model and make them follow the branches on her body.
Similar to step 21, add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to all the ivies at the front.
With the appearance of the branches and ivies, we will need to some extra shadow to the ground since the current shadow is a little weak.
The method is similar to the way we create a shadow in the previous step. Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light.
Now we will create a simple yet special effect for the model so the piece looks more…magical. Create a new layer , grab the Pen Tool and draw a curve line around her body like this :
Before continue please go to the Brush Tool, choose a 5px round brush with 100% Hardness.
Back to the Pen Tool, right click on the curve line you just drew and choose Stroke Path. Choose Brush as Tool, tick on the Simulate Pressure.
The Stroke Path option will use your Foreground color as the stroke color so set the Foreground color as #6391b7 then click OK. Here’s what we will have :
Apply these setting for the Curve Line layer’s Blending Option :
Change the Blend Mode to Linear Dodge and we will have a nice glowing line!
Do the same with another line.
Create another new layer, use 7px round brush, 100% Hardness.
Open the Brush Panel (shortcut : F5) and adjust the setting like this :
Now paint around the model, with the setting we just had, the round will be scattered as we paint, create a bokeh-like effect. Apply the same Blending Option and color like we did with the Curve Lines.
We would want to add an extra light to increase the effect we just made. Use a soft brush with color #6bb6fd and paint around the model, change the Blend Mode to Linear Dodge and Opacity 40%
Open the Ivy stock again and place it at the top left of the image. Apply a 1,6px Gaussian Blur.